FOUNDER – Guinness McFadden
Guinness McFadden has been growing grapes organically for over 40 years. He planted his vineyard on a beautiful piece of land that straddles the Russian River, neighbors the Mendocino National Forest and sits up at 1,200 feet in altitude. Temperatures regularly plummet 40-45 degrees each night, allowing a longer maturation period. In this climate, grapes develop a fullness of flavor that is balanced by a crisp acidity.
Back when Guinness started McFadden Vineyard, organic farming had a different name: farming. It is the quality of the grapes that puts McFadden ahead of other growers. Having experimented, McFadden has established blocks, or separate growing environments for different grapes in the vineyards. Head pruned and trellised, irrigated and dry farmed, planted next to the Russian River and on rocky hillside slopes. The grapes of McFadden Farm are not grown one way, but are thoughtful expressions of Terroir, the marriage of grape to place, grown for desired varietal correctness.